Two hours by coach along a mountain pass. Sitting outdoors at a cafe by an offshoot of the Urubamba river. A shaky, late night train journey. Running through an empty marketplace in the dark and down the railway tracks. A tour briefing, tickets handed over. One short night in a hotel with water on one side and rails on the other. A 4am start, queueing down the high street of a small town in the dark with hundreds of other foreigners to the land. Boarding the third bus to arrive, sitting separately and crammed in with tourists holding their breath. A 20 minute ride up, 400 metres higher above the sea, round hairpin bends as the light slowly started to emerge behind the mountains. At the top, through the gates, down a stone path seen so many times on screens, awaiting the view you know lies at the end of it.
This was our journey to Machu Picchu.
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Huge thanks to Vicky at HarperVoyager for sending me an ARC of Tempests and Slaughter!
Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.
Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.
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So I thought I’d do a quick post about what I read for ARC August. My goal was to read 5 ARCs, but thanks to YALC, some lovely packages off publishers, and my holiday in Lanzarote, I ended up reading 10!
Here’s what I read:
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‘Nell hates her sister’s illness, her drunken dad, and the daily absence of her mum.
When she meets Lukas, adopted heir to a Norwegian oil fortune, she sees her escape: the two of them running away from the world. But Lukas has his own dark wishes, and soon it’s clear that what joins them goes way beyond love.’
This is survival … and is any boy really worth her soul?
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Although I love book subscription boxes, I feel as though they’ve hit a wall – a lot of them feature the same kind of things and they are pretty expensive. So when I came across a new subscription box thats aim is to inspire and empower, as a raging feminist, I immediately preordered it (and one box is only £12!) This is their first box and I am already so impressed. The box has beautiful artwork on it and everything is wrapped and presented beautifully.
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Pisac, Cusco Region, Peru
So at the beginning of June, my husband and I set off on a very long journey to the Southern Highlands of Peru; specifically the city of Cusco, with plans to visit Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu from there. I’ve wanted to visit Peru for as long as I can remember so this was a huge deal for me! This will be a very photo-heavy post but I’ll talk about what we did in between shots.
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Mirage is a beautifully written, feminist sci-fi YA which manages to combine a lush Moroccan inspired fantasy world with stories of colonialism and sisterhood. This has to be one of the best debuts I’ve read in a long time.
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